Back in October, the Decemberists announced that their upcoming fifth LP, Hazards of Love, was fully tracked and in the process of being mixed. Back in, uh, also October, we got some more details from frontman Colin Meloy about the album: It started out as a musical! It has some perhaps unexpected musical reference points! It is, indeed, "mossy and evil"! But we didn't know much else. Like, when it was coming out. Or, like, what the songs were called. But now we do.
Hazards of Love is set to drop on March 24, 2009, via Capitol Records, and its track list is as follows:
2. Hazards of Love 1 (The Prettiest Whistles Won’t Wrestle the Thistles Undone)
3. A Bower Scene
4. Won’t Want for Love (Margaret in the Taiga)
5. Hazards of Love 2 (Wager All)
6. The Queen’s Approach
7. Isn’t it a Lovely Night?
8. The Wanting Comes in Waves / Repaid
9. An Interlude
10. The Rake’s Song
11. The Abduction of Margaret
12. The Queen’s Rebuke / The Crossing
13. Annan Water
14. Margaret in Captivity
15. Hazards of Love 3 (Revenge!)
16. The Wanting Comes in Waves (Reprise)
17. Hazards of Love 4 (The Drowned)
Rolling Stone also learned that Lavender Diamond frontlady Becky Stark (who also did a bit of singin' with Paste's December/January cover couple this year) and My Brightest Diamond's Shara Worden lend their dulcet tones to a few tracks. So many diamonds!
The Decemberists' Always the Bridesmaid singles series is out now, but if you're angling for a better idea of what the new LP might sound like, here's that amalgamous playlist again:
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